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100
drank White Chai by Adagio Teas
3 tasting notes

This is one of the most delightful teas I’ve ever had! It has a wholesome & delicious flavor. My husband and I both enjoyed this and wish we’d ordered more than just the sample size! The tea is dessert-like, as it’s quite rich, but it’s not too sweet! I could (and will, once my bulk order arrives) drink this several times a week! I’ve enjoyed this tea straight, which was very tasty, and I’ve also added some raw sugar and whole milk which was just as satisfying, but definitely not necessary.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Creamy, Milk, Spices, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88

I purchased the sample of this and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not. I am pleasantly surprised! First of all, the aroma this tea produces is INCREDIBLE! It almost smells like coffee, with a delicious nuttiness that is divine. The taste, however, is not nearly as strong as the smell – which is a GOOD thing, in my opinion, as the taste is AMAZING just as it is! It’s almost got a creaminess to it that I was not expecting! No bitterness, no aftertaste, no bad thing to say about this tea, whatsoever! A+ in my book! I will definitely be ordering more of this tea; I could see drinking this before work every morning.

Flavors: Coffee, Creamy, Hazelnut, Nutty

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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35
drank Lapsang Souchong by Adagio Teas
21 tasting notes

The smell upon opening the bag made me hestiate to even try the tea. It reminded me of the smokey, peat bog reek of Islay scotch, I like scotch, but not that kind.
The first sip dispelled the imagined fear of it tasting like Laphroaig or Ardbeg. Reality wasn’t much better though. It was like liquefied ham or bacon. I’m not sure as I haven’t eaten either in 20 years. I was not thrilled with my tea tasting like meat water.
My husband who loves BBQ and scotch liked it, but I think I’ll pass.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Vanilla by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I am really not sure what to make of this tea. I feel like I really should love it. I’m a big fan of so many of these Adagio flavored blacks, like Cream, and Chocolate Chip, and Caramel. And there’s certainly nothing WRONG with it – it’s a pretty nice, smooth, vanilla-flavored tea. Good black base, takes milk and sugar well. Maybe I’m just in a mood. But this just seems rather plain. Rather, if you’ll forgive the pun, vanilla. It would probably combine excellently with other teas. But for whatever reason, it leaves me wanting more.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
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This is pretty boring plain, but I really like it mixed with Adagio’s Cream.

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85
drank Hazelnut by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

So I was busy washing the dishes this morning and forgot I was steeping tea. Ack. And I was especially worried because this tea had a pretty short recommended steep time (3 min) and I’d never tried it before. Ruining my first pot of this tea was NOT how I wanted to begin my morning!

Surprisingly, it doesn’t taste in the least oversteeped. Not bitter at all. I did add a healthy amount of almond milk and truvia, but that was more a matter of personal preference than actual need.

I like how another reviewer described this tea as “ferarro rocher minus the chocolate,” because that’s exactly what this is. The hazelnut flavor is VERY strong, and pleasant. Honestly, it makes me want to have this with “Chocolate Chip” tea from now on, I won’t lie. :-)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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60

I was not expecting such a spicy chai, to be honest, since all of the other rooibos teas I’ve tried lately have been so smooth and sweet, honey-ish. That’s not what this is. It’s got a bite to it, and I can’t say I love it, honestly. I just think I wanted something a little lighter.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Almond by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

This tea has a high bar to clear, simply because I already have and love Adagio’s “Chestnut” and “Almond Oolong” teas. This one was sent as a free sample, so I’ve been looking forward to it, but I’m wary if it will live up to the other two “nutty” teas that I already have in my cupboard and am so attached to. And…it doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, this is fine. The almond/marzipan flavor is present, it’s nicely fragrant, and delivers exactly what was expected. Nice, almondy, but nothing more. I can’t see ever reaching for it instead of the Chestnut or Almond Oolong.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Ooh, just in time for the holiday, my Valentines tea arrived from Adagio. First whiff, not hugely impressed. There’s a little scent of the promised chocolate-strawberries, but something is throwing it off. Can’t put my finger on what it is. Nevertheless, I brew up a healthy portion, and as usual when trying a new tea, slowly add truvia until I get it right. I needed to put quite a bit in there to bring out the full flavors, (about 1 tsp truvia for 16 oz tea?) but once I got it right, this tea is GREAT. I mean, it definitely tastes like strawberry-chocolate candy, with a nice deep black tea base, exactly what I was hoping for. I’m very pleased!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85
drank Chocolate Chai by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I would prefer a little more chocolate in my Chocolate Chai, but since I keep a tin of regular black “Chocolate Chip” tea handy, I can easily adjust this on my next go-round. That aside is a lovely chai flavor. I am really enjoying my first mug of it. I’m currently on the search for my personal best, go-to chai, and I wouldn’t say this is “it.” At least not until I try quite a few more. :-) But it’s in the running.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80
drank Hugs and Kisses by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I usually wouldn’t order a whole tin of any tea without sampling it first, but I bought this one on a whim because the description sounded pretty great. Rooibos, caramel, vanilla? Yes please? In point of fact, it’s so overpoweringly full of “honey” scent and flavor that I really struggle to pick up any other note at all. But after my third or fourth steeping, it’s growing on me. A very smooth, comforting tea, nice in the evening.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95
drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

You know it’s a special morning when I’m indulging with a cup of my Almond Oolong. I love the heck out of this tea. I have to be extra careful with the preparation, because it’s so delicate. But when I get it right…wow! So soft and smooth, light and subtle, very slightly sweet, with a lovely marzipan flavor. I could drink gallons of it!

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95
drank Almond Oolong by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

Guys, I gotta level, I simply adore this tea. I love the smooth, marzipan flavor. I love that it lacks any harsh, bitter notes. I love it even when I’ve accidentally over-sweetened it (like today). I need to remember that this one requires much less truvia than my flavored blacks…in fact, any sweetener at all is almost too much, because this is so mild and lovely on its own.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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85

I am always REALLY careful when steeping this tea, because when done correctly I absolutely love this one. I do add a tiny bit of truvia to it, though. It’s really smooth, not at all bitter, and lightly sweet. VERY fragrant and soothing. Just the thing for a stressful afternoon!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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78

So, I am finally watching all the (on DVD) Star Wars movies in order. Today is ‘Revenge of the Sith’. Not sure if they have currants in a galaxy far, far, away. Haven’t much in the way of currants, except in scones. Anyway, certainly smells nice. Like a cross between dark berries and raisins. The flavour is similar, but a little on the sour side.

Alright, but there are better fruit flavours.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Raisins

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80
drank Silver Needle by Adagio Teas
12 tasting notes

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Flavors: Citrus, Nutty, Smooth

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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65
drank Vanilla Green by Adagio Teas
2033 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #18
A green tea with vanilla flavoring? Seems like a weird choice, but it works. It’s like ice cream flavoring vanilla. I taste the vanilla more than the sencha.

Daylon R Thomas

Fun fact that you probably know: some ice creams and even whey protein drinks use green tea extract to help thicken vanilla flavors. Core Power uses it in their vanilla.

tea-sipper

No, didn’t know it!

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100

Wow, I totally forgot I owned this one. I pulled it out on a whim when nothing else appealed to me, and man, it’s FIT. I brewed it a little longer than I’d intended, as my husband is under the weather and I got caught up in giving him a feel-better cuddle for like 5 minutes and forgot my tea was brewing. And it’s fine! I haven’t had a Darjeeling in ages, and this is so nice. It’s so fruity it’s like I chucked a handful of raisins in the mug.

Contrast this with the bagged darjeeling that I had at the office that was bitter and tannic after like a minute and left me with a feeling in the back of my throat as though I’d been sick… no, there’s no comparison. This stuff is GOOD.

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96
drank Yunnan Golden Curls by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

I’m sitting here sipping my second infusion of this tea. I ordered a number of samples from Adagio, and they added this as a bonus for sharing on social media. I had this tea a few years ago and forgot how good it is. With this log, I
won’t forget again! Sweet, mellow, full-bodied and complex – tastes of sweet potatoes, caramel, pepper…love it. I may well re-order.

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67
drank Formosa Ali Shan by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

I ordered this along with a number of other samples from Adagio. It’s the most expensive sample that I bought, so I had high hopes for it. Though the tea is good, it’s not worth the cost, at least for me. The brew is pretty fragrant and floral with a slight salty aftertaste. I taste no milky note at all, unlike some reviewers on Adagio’s website. It’s a bit like a toned-down jasmine. I wouldn’t recommend it at the price that they are currently charging.

Flavors: Floral, Spinach

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91

This is my first green rooibos, and I was very anxious to try this since I enjoy red rooibos. Its liquor is a pretty yellow-green and tastes like summer and happiness. The “leaves” are fairly small pieces so I had to use my finer tea infuser. I believe the longer this is steeped, the better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Formosa Pouchong by Adagio Teas
27 tasting notes

Wet leaves have a slight floral smell but are not very aromatic. Brew is clear and yellow. Predominant tastes are floral and buttery. Smooth, bright, tea – very nice. Butter flavor lasted through two brews; the third third brew, only the flowery & vegetal hints remain.

Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Plants

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 207 ML

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79

Cranberries are good during winter, though I usually like them in pastries. There is a cranberry and raspberry scent, reminds me a little of juice. The flavour is somewhat tart, a bit sweet, and mostly berry. Good with rooibos cookies.

Flavors: Berry, Cranberry, Raspberry

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65
drank Ceylon Sonata by Adagio Teas
7 tasting notes

First tasting, a very flavorful tea with little bitterness. Stands up on its own well without sweetener. Smooth and warm, but I’ve yet to identify anything spectacular.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85
drank Vanilla Oolong by Adagio Teas
36 tasting notes

I am having another go at this Vanilla Oolong this morning, this time accented with about 1 tsp leftover Vanilla Chai that I was trying to use up. The combination seemed promising (or at least not revolting), so I’m going with it. I just need to be really careful with the added sweetener on these flavored oolongs. They are such a light, subtle flavor already, that it’s really easy to over-sweeten them and make them grossly cloying.

In fact, this oolong might be too light and subtle to combine with a chai, as really all I’m tasting is chai. It’s still a lovely, pleasant drink, but I"ll remember in the future to drink this one straight or, if I have to, combined with other similarly light, flavored oolongs. I do love to combine my tea flavors, but in this case, constraint is called for.

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